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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration
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How Sci-Fi Like WarGames Led to Real Policy During the Reagan Administration

This year, John Badham's WarGames—one of the movies most beloved by hackers, techies, and tech policy wonks (like me!)—celebrates its 35th anniversary.

What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson
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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson

What if artificial intelligence can't cure cancer after all?

There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain
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There Is No Such Thing as 'the' Blockchain

How do you quadruple your stock price without lifting a finger?

Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars
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Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been on Mars since Aug. 6, 2012.

My God. It's Full of Black Holes.
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My God. It's Full of Black Holes.

The image above doesn’t look like much at a glance, does it?

Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published
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Why frankenstein is Still Relevant, Almost 200 Years After It Was Published

Can I be totally honest? All I remember about Frankenstein is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. What happens in it?

What Is 'military Artificial Intelligence'? 
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What Is 'military Artificial Intelligence'? 

We are in an era of existential fear of technology.

A Strip of Pluto
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A Strip of Pluto

I know, that image above doesn't look like much, does it? But go ahead, click it. I dare you.

What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like
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What Cyberwar Against Isis Should Look Like

Pentagon officials have publicly said, in recent weeks, that they're hitting ISIS not only with bullets and bombs but also with cyberoffensive operations.

We Don't Need Humans on Mars
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We Don't Need Humans on Mars

The two mobile robots Spirit and Opportunity were launched from Earth in 2003 and arrived on opposite sides of Mars in 2004. A suite of cameras, instruments, and...

What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!
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What a Comet Looks Like … From 9 Meters Away!

The European Space Agency has just released some fantastic close-up images taken by the Philae lander of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Is Star Trek Tech Possible?
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Is Star Trek Tech Possible?

My friend Veronica Belmont is pretty cool. Nerd, writer, TV host… and now she’s doing an online video series with Engadget called "Dear Veronica," where she answers...

Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass
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Why Mlb Fans Should Lament the Failure of Google Glass

The consumer tech world received a jolt in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that Google executives were freezing all sales of its futuristically goofy...

So Sayeth Google
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So Sayeth Google

Search for "vaccines." At least within our filter bubble, the top item in Google's "In the news" section earlier this week was an anti-vax column about the "feds'...

Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa
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Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Yesterday, NASA announced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.

Dumbing It Down in the Cockpit
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Dumbing It Down in the Cockpit

Long gone are the leather jackets, goggles, and silk scarves flung over the shoulders of aviators who wrestled with flight controls, furiously scanned instruments...

We Might Be Able to 3-D-Print an Artificial Mind One Day
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We Might Be Able to 3-D-Print an Artificial Mind One Day

I'm an artificial-intelligence skeptic.

How Not to Build a Brain
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How Not to Build a Brain

Building a brain sounds like a worthy goal, one that makes it seem as though the future is within reach.

Google's Eyes in the Sky
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Google's Eyes in the Sky

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page built the search engine that would become Google, they started by making maps.

I Didn't Type This Article
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I Didn't Type This Article

I'm dictating it to my iPhone as I walk down the busy city street on the way to my office in the West Village.
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